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 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Blue bags or carts? Neither option has been discarded

Petersburg residents will get to choose whether to haul their recyclables to the curb in a cart or a blue bag, following the Assembly’s approval of a resolution Monday night that provides for the dual program. The new program is aimed at... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Beat the Odds funds support local cancer patients

Runners and walkers are expected to fill the street this Saturday at the Beat the Odds’ Circle of Life Cabin Creek 5k Run/Walk. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Sandy Beach Park, with warm ups and late registration preceding. The annual run/walk is...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Larger baseball roster brings opportunities for improvement

This year’s baseball team at Petersburg High School has nearly doubled in size from last year. Head Coach Jim Engell took just nine players to the regional tournament last year, the exact amount needed for a complete team. He said this year’s...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Borough will receive unexpected Secure Rural Schools federal funds

Mayor Mark Jensen and Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht announced at Monday’s Assembly meeting that Petersburg Public Schools will be granted Secure Rural Schools funding for this academic year and next. The two-year funding extension was included...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Recycling petition will be certified; Assembly to vote on resolution Monday

Borough Clerk Debbie Thompson said she will be certifying the most recent application for petition submitted by Angela Davis and Wes Davis, which includes a resolution to continue the blue bag recycling program. The application was submitted in... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Board of Equalization hears five property assessment appeals

The Petersburg Borough Assembly sat as the Board of Equalization (BOE) for 2015 property assessment appeals on April 6. There were 66 appeals this year, most of which were settled privately with the Borough’s assessors Mike Renfro and Arne...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Dahl to play college ball in Auburn, Wash.

Petersburg High School senior Shalie Dahl will swap her Vikings jersey for a Gators uniform as she takes to the basketball court this fall for Green River College in Auburn, Wash. "I've always wanted...

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    April 16, 2015

PHS students get artful in Wrangell

Six Petersburg High School students travelled to Wrangell to participate in Artfest last week, and three students earned "Best of Workshop" awards. Julia Murph took home the honor for jewelry making,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Track and Field athletes warm up for spring season

The Petersburg High School Track and Field team is in full swing practicing for their season that starts May 1. Head Coach Brad Taylor said this year’s team is comprised of about 40 runners, jumpers and throwers. A group of about 25 traveled to...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Borough assembly delays recycling purchases pending citizen initiative

The Borough Assembly voted 5-2 in favor of delaying the purchase of a new sanitation truck for the recycling program. Though the Assembly approved the transition to a cart-based system on March 16, an as-yet unresolved citizen initiative to retain... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Parks and Rec implements $50,000 budget cut

Though the Borough has a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year (beginning July 1, 2015), they have begun preparing for leaner times ahead. Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht has tasked the Parks and Recreation department to cut $100,000 from... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

The many faces of theatre: Juneau troupe brings Shakespeare to the local stage

The Juneau-based troupe Theatre in the Rough will bring Shakespeare’s The Life of King Henry V to a Petersburg audience this weekend. Director Aaron Elmore said the production is brought to life by a troupe of eight actors who collectively fill 40...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Petersburg resident faces felony charge following downtown vehicle collisions

Police arrested Lars D. Christensen, 56, on a charge of felony assault following two motor vehicle accidents on N. Nordic on April 1. According to the criminal complaint filed by police, witnesses saw...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Shoppers to enjoy two tax-free days in 2015

Petersburg shoppers will enjoy two Sales Tax Free Days this year: May 2 and October 3. The Assembly unanimously approved a resolution providing for the two days. Last year’s tax free days resulted in just over $19,000 in uncollected sales tax...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

SEAPA bond resolution passes with amended wording

Petersburg Borough Assembly members passed an amended resolution to allow Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) to move forward with refinancing of existing 2009 bonds and a proposed $7 million bond sale to fund an expansion of the Swan Lake...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 2, 2015

Ruger's Trucking owners begin petition process to bring recycling issue to voters

Angela Davis and Wes Davis and ten other sponsors may be asking for your signature on a petition for a resolution to retain the blue bag recycling program for at least two more years. The Davis’s—owners of Ruger’s Trucking, the current... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 2, 2015

Local business sales up 6 percent in 2014

With budget and tax seasons upon us, money is on the minds of many in Petersburg. Locally, the economy saw about a 6 percent growth in sales across all categories of business from 2013 to 2014. Petersburg businesses reported almost $122 million in... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 2, 2015

Federal Commission cancels preliminary permit for Cascade Creek project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has cancelled a preliminary permit issued to Hydro Development, LLC in August 2013 to study the feasibility of a hydroelectric power project at Swan Lake and Cascade Creek, located 15 miles northeast...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015

Borough goes unopposed in Papke's land bid

The Petersburg Borough was the lone bidder on three parcels of land at Papke's Landing. Seven parcels at Papke's Landing were up for bid as part of the Alaska Mental Health Trust's 2014 winter land... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015

Grant funding available for local nonprofits

The Petersburg Community Foundation’s (PCF) will award $11,000 to local nonprofit organizations this year as part of their annual grant cycle. Three or more organizations will receive grant monies from PCF to support programs in areas ranging from...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015

One People Canoe Society brings paddle making to Petersburg

One People Canoe Society (OPCS) will be hosting their first-ever Petersburg paddle making workshop this weekend. Veteran paddle makers Jim Zeller and Doug Chilton will lead participants through the three-day workshop using equipment in the...

 By Dan Rudy and Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015

Petersburg residents featured in film about Stikine River

The Inside Passage Waterkeeper organization premiered their "Water is Life" film to a Petersburg audience of about 50 at the public library on Friday. The ten-minute video follows the Stikine River...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015

1,400 cans donated from elementary's Read to Feed fundraiser

Stedman Elementary School students helped collect 1,400 canned food items to donate to the food bank at the Salvation Army through their reading efforts in February. Each 30 minutes students read...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 26, 2015

Petersburg soccer team takes third in Juneau tournament

Petersburg's adult co-ed soccer team took third place in the Southeast Alaska Shamrock Invitational tournament in Juneau. The three-day tournament was held March 20-22 and featured five teams from...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 19, 2015

Amidst opposition, assembly approves recycling changes

The borough will transition to a cart-based, in-house recycling program. The assembly passed an ordinance 5-2 at Monday's meeting that budgets for the switch. Sixteen residents spoke on the issue-the... Full story


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